A (persistent) state of uncertainty
in The British in rural France
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Building on the theme of imagination, this chapter further explores tensions between how the migrants had imagined their post-migration lives and their lived experiences. It questions the applicability of the concept of liminality, arguing instead that ambivalence is a more useful analytical concept for understanding the lives of the respondents. Through the examination of various sources of ambivalence in the migrants' lives — their status as intra-European migrants and their social relationships — the chapter demonstrates that migration is just one of a number of creative ways in which these people strived to resolve their feelings of ambivalence and take greater control over their lives.

The British in rural France

Lifestyle migration and the ongoing quest for a better way of life

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